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Açores

Açores

PORTUGAL


The Açores (anglicised as Azores) are amazingly beautiful, sub-tropical, Atlantic islands, and an autonomous region of Portugal. They are, in fact, an archipelago of 9 islands, though only 3 are relevant to winemaking: Pico, Faial, and Terceira. Each of these 3 holds areas with near-DOC status (Pico, Graciosa, and Biscoitos). Formed of Volcanic, balsaltic lava, the Acores offer unique wines, of a definite ‘Atlantic’ style.

Both non-fortified (white and red) and fortified wines are permitted, dependent upon the region in question and the grape varieties concerned. Most typical are the indigenous varieties; Arinto dos Açores and Terrantez do Pico, and Verdelho (this being same found on Madeira).

Pico is the main island for grape growing and wine production, all surrounding the 2000+ metre ex-volcano, Mt Pico. Cooperativa Vitivinicola da Ilha do Pico (CVIP - Ilha do Pico for short) is one of the more prominent producers on the island, and receives grapes from many farmers growing grapes in man-made, walled shelters called Currais. We have selected their very best wines that represent the island’s grape varieties and terroir.

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Frei Gigante

Frei Gigante

Grape Varieties: Arinto dos Açores, Terrantez do Pico, and Verdelho Named after the monk who planted the first vines on these islands, Frei Gigante is a blend of all three of the main varieties found
Arinto dos Acores

Arinto dos Acores

Grape Varieties Arinto dos Açores This unique grape produces an amazing wine. Naturally high in acidity, this wine is dry and crisp. Citrus, green fruit, herbaceous, and floral aromas. Almost savoury